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How the porn industry has driven internet innovation

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 28-Nov-2013 issue and online

It may not be everyone’s favourite industry, but like it or not, the sex trade has driven many of the major innovations we see on the Internet today. The explosion of the Internet, the swiftness of broadband adoption and the penetration of 3G: all must be credited to the porn industry. You can thank porn for not only for the omnipresence of the internet, but also for many of the technologies that we accept as the norm: streaming video, online payment systems and live video chat on the plus side, to spyware and spam on the minus side. Finweek explores the internet firsts that were driven by the sex trade. Continue reading